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How does the idea of government checks and balances translate into the Spanish culture? What would be seen in Spanish text books when non-english speaking children learn about the United States government? Does the actual word 'check' become the direct translation of 'check', or is there another way it is described in Spanish to convey the idea of Checks and Balances better in the Spanish culture'

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updated OCT 9, 2008
posted by gemaroules

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Heidita said:

I don't understand the sentence. Can you explain?


In this context "checks" derives from "to check" = refrenar/reprimir/detener

updated OCT 9, 2008
posted by samdie
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The entire U.S. government system, as framed by the Constitution, is predicated on the idea of checks and balances. The President is a check on Congress because he has veto power. The Supreme Court, in deciding the constitutionality of legislation, is a check on Congress. Several powers, such as appointing / approving justices, are balanced between the President and our Senate. And so on.

With that said, I have no idea what gemaroules means by her sentence, "We are the final check." That almost sounds like a contradiction in a system where each part is meant to balance the other.

updated OCT 9, 2008
posted by Natasha
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I don't understand the sentence. Can you explain'

updated OCT 9, 2008
posted by 00494d19
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